5 Secrets for a Stress-Free Wedding Morning
From the moment your alarm rings and you reach for your last cup of coffee as a single lady, to seconds before you make your grand entrance down the aisle, there’s a lot to worry about. It’s easy to get overwhelmed on the morning of your wedding day. While not everything is bound to go perfectly as planned, there are things you can do to reduce worry and set yourself up for success on your big day. Here are 5 secrets to achieving a stress-free wedding morning!
Prep the Night Before
Remember when your mother would lay out your clothes the night before the first day of school? Take a hint from this and make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running in the morning. Gather up all hair and makeup accessories you’ll be taking with you to your stylist. Ensure you have a button-down shirt or robe to wear while getting your hair done, so you don’t ruin your updo. Use a hydrating face mask to refresh your skin and apply under-eye cream to help with dark circles. Try to go to bed early and get some extra rest.
The most important thing you can do the night before is pack a wedding day emergency kit. Some good items to have on hand include Advil, Pepto-Bismol, scissors, mints, needle & thread, double-sided tape, and a pair of back-up shoes. Give this kit to your Maid of Honor to hold onto, just in case!
Stick to a Routine
The morning of your wedding is not the time to be trying anything new. Stick to the hairstyle and makeup look you previously decided on with your stylist. Make sure you’re using the same products you used during your trial run to avoid any unpleasant surprises. This goes for the week leading up to your wedding as well. Stick to your usual skin care routine and don’t try any new soaps, shampoos, or detergent. The last thing a bride-to-be wants is an allergic reaction!
Take Time for Self-Care
Be mindful of your emotions the morning of your wedding. You’re bound to experience a lot of feelings at once. That’s okay! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, step away from the hustle and bustle for a few minutes for some quiet reflection.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated while you’re getting ready. And don’t forget to eat lunch! Once the reception begins, it’s often a long time before the bride and groom get a chance to sit down and eat—you’ll be busy greeting your guests. Just make sure your lunch is something you’ve eaten a million times before and you know won’t cause indigestion!
Focus on Having Fun with Your Bridesmaids
If you’re feeling nervous, focus on laughing with your girls and enjoying the time you have together while you’re getting ready. Make the process fun! Create a brunch bar and sip on mimosas with fresh fruit. Go to Starbucks and get coffees that say, “Bride,” “Bridesmaid,” etc. and take pictures. Make a “getting ready” playlist filled with high energy jams and sing along with your girlfriends. Focus on having fun in the moment and taking things one step (and one sip of mimosa) at a time!
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Give Yourself Plenty of Time (and Space) To Get Ready
Make sure you have enough time blocked out for makeup and hair. Depending on the updo, it should take approximately 30-45 minutes per bridesmaid for hair, and the same amount of time for makeup. Brides should expect to sit for double that. Get ready in a large room with plenty of mirrors and space to hang your dresses. If you can, try selecting a room with big windows and lots of natural light for your makeup artist and photographer.
While wedding morning jitters are very real, we’re confident you can combat them with these simple tips. If you have any additional secrets to a stress-free wedding morning, feel free to share them in the comments below!